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In this Update:
- More than 3.5 Million in Grants for Community Projects
- Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
- Warrington Community Center Groundbreaking
- PennDOT Invites Public Feedback on Transportation
More than 3.5 Million in Grants for Community Projects
More than $3.5 million in grants for community projects were awarded to local townships in the 6th Senatorial District this week.
Projects being funded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) Local Share Account (LSA) program, which uses gaming revenue to support projects in the public interest across the commonwealth include:
- $1 million for Phase I of First Responders Field rehabilitation project in Bensalem Township,
- $600,000 for structure demolition at a brownfield site located in Warminster Township,
- $500,000 for Forsythia Crossing Park improvements in Middletown Township,
- $500,000 to construct pedestrian safety improvements along Rte. 332 in Northampton Township and
- $401,485 for stormwater improvements in Upper Southampton Township.
Projects being funded through the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth include:
- $486,500 to complete preliminary engineering to improve the intersection of Easton and Bristol Roads in Warrington Township and
- $255,000 for intersection and roadway improvements as part of redeveloping a project in Warrington Township.
I’m pleased to have helped secure this funding for important projects and upgrades for our local townships. The approved state grant funding will greatly benefit our communities and enhance our infrastructure reliability for years to come.
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
Pennsylvania will once again operate a water assistance program supported by federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) funding.
Pennsylvania is still awaiting a final report from the federal government on total funding that will be available, which will come from states that did not expend their initial allocation and is being reallocated to higher performing states.
Last year, Pennsylvania successfully expended all previously available funding, receiving more than 129,000 applications and distributing approximately $43.2 million to assist families who lost or were at risk of losing water service in their homes.
LIHWAP aided Pennsylvanians with low incomes that met income requirements with grants to maintain access to both drinking water service and wastewater service. LIHWAP grants are issued directly to water service providers. In 2022, LIHWAP helped households that had past due water bills, had their service terminated, or received a notice indicating that their service will be terminated. DHS expects to receive information from the federal government in the coming weeks to begin setting an updated timeline and process for 2023 LIHWAP availability.
I am currently working on legislation with Sen. Boscola that would create a permanent LIHWAP program in Pennsylvania. This would ensure that the federal funding is allocated to the communities for which it is intended.
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Warrington Community Center Groundbreaking
Last week, I had the opportunity to join Warrington Township officials, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Community Center at Lions Pride Park “The Lindy Community Center”.
The location was formerly the lunch and craft room of the old Twin Oaks Day Camp and this groundbreaking signifies the beginning of a new exciting recreational opportunity in the community.
PennDOT Invites Public Feedback on Transportation
Pennsylvanians are encouraged to submit their feedback using this transportation survey or by emailing comments to RA-PennDOTSTC@pa.gov. Public feedback and survey results will help identify needs and prioritize transportation projects across the state.
PennDOT will also host an online public forum on Wednesday, April 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. Pennsylvanians can ask transportation-related questions to PennDOT leadership and members of the State Transportation Commission during the forum.
The feedback provided will be used to inform Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Program, which is updated every two years. It is the first step in the state’s transportation program planning process and helps to evaluate the system’s performance and opportunities for progress. Learn more about how transportation projects are planned and funded.
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